Until the population of the City shall reach twenty thousand, as
determined by a Federal census, the Council shall consist of seven
members elected from the City at large for four (4) year overlapping
terms of office, provided that the four members of Council under the
general statutory plan of government for villages, whose terms expire on
December 31, 1973, shall serve as members of the Council under this
Charter, with all the powers, duties and functions provided by this
Charter, until January 1, 1974, and at the regular Municipal election to
be held in November, 1971, and every four years thereafter three members
of the Council shall be elected from the City at large for terms of four
years. At the regular Municipal election to be held in November, 1973,
and every four years thereafter four members of the Council shall be
elected from the City at large for terms of four years. Members of
Council shall take office on the first day of January following their
Each member of Council shall have been a resident and qualified
elector of the Municipality for at least one (1) continuous year prior
to his election and shall continue to be a resident and qualified
elector of the Municipality throughout his term of office. Except
as provided by or under this Charter, members of Council shall not hold
any other compensated office or position of employment with the City,
nor shall they hold any other elected public office.
A Councilman shall forfeit his office as Councilman in the event he
is called to full-time military service for a period exceeding sixty-one
(61) consecutive days.
Any member of Council who shall cease to possess, or who violates
any of the qualifications herein enumerated may be removed from his
office, but failure to maintain said qualifications shall not render
void or ineffective any action of Council in which such member has
All legislative powers of this City shall be vested in the Council
except as expressly limited by this Charter and the Constitution of the
State of Ohio. Without limitation the Council shall:
a. Originate, introduce and pass ordinances and adopt
b. Fix the number and salary ranges of all officers and
employees of the municipality whether elected or appointed.
c. Require and fix bond for the faithful discharge of the
duties of office by officers and employees. The premium of any bond
required by Council may be ordered by the Council to be paid by the
d. Adopt an annual appropriation ordinance based upon the
e. Conduct a financial audit at such times as deemed necessary,
but at least biennially, by the State or a private concern. The reports
of all examinations and audits will be made available to all members of
Council, and be recorded in the journal of Council.
f. Appoint and remove the City Manager, establish his salary
and appoint an acting City Manager when necessary.
g. Have the power to make investigations into the affairs of
the City and the conduct of any City department, office or agency and
for this purpose subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony
and require production of evidence. Any person or persons who fail or
refuse to obey a lawful order issued in exercise of these powers by the
Council shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00, or by
imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
h. Have the power to levy taxes and incur debts subject to the
limitations imposed thereon by this Charter.
i. Have the power to adopt and to provide for the enforcement
of local police, sanitary and other similar regulations as are not in
conflict with general laws.
j. Have the power to provide for the exercise of all powers of
local self-government granted to the City by the Constitution of the
State of Ohio in a manner not inconsistent with this Charter or the
Constitution of the State of Ohio.
k. Exercise all other powers granted to the Council by this
Charter and by the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio.
The Council shall be the judge of the qualifications of its members.
Council may, by two-thirds of its membership, expel or remove any member
for failure to meet or maintain qualification of office; or for
violation of his oath of office, or for the conviction of a felony or
other crime involving moral turpitude, or for persistent failure to
abide by the rules of Council. Prior to any such action by Council, the
accused member shall be notified in writing of the charge against him at
least fifteen (15) days in advance of any hearing upon such charge, and
he and counsel shall be given an opportunity to be heard, present
evidence, or examine under oath any witness in support of such charge.
The accused member shall not vote on the question of his removal.
A Councilman who is absent, without being excused by the majority of
the other members of Council, from four (4) consecutive regular meetings
of Council shall automatically vacate his office on the Council.